Regency Council (Iran)

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The Regency Council (Persian: شورای سلطنت‎, romanizedŠūrā-ye Salṭanat) of Imperial State of Iran, was a nine-member body formed on 13 January 1979 by Mohammad Reza Shah to carry out his duties[1] after he left Iran amidst the Iranian Revolution and served as the symbol of his continued claim on power.[2]

The council was practically dissolved within days, when its head resigned on 22 January 1979 to meet Ayatollah Khomeini.[2]


# Name[3] Latest Office[3] Position in the Council
1 Jalaleddin Tehrani Former Senator
2 Mohammad Ali Varasteh Former Minister of Finance
3 Shapour Bakhtiar Prime Minister
4 Mohammad Sajjadi President of the Senate
5 Javad Saeid Speakers of the Parliament
6 Gen. Abbas Gharabaghi Chief-of-Staff of Imperial Iranian Army
7 Aligholi Ardalan Minister of Royal Court
8 Abdullah Entezam Former Chairman of National Iranian Oil Company
9 Abdolhossein Ali Abadi Former Prosecutor-General

See also[edit]


  1. ^ R.W. Apple Jr (14 January 1979). "A Regency Council is Named to Assume Duties of the Shah". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b Ronald Koven (23 January 1979). "Head of Iranian Regency Council Resigns in Paris". Washington Post. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b Sepehr Zabir (2012). The Iranian Military in Revolution and War (RLE Iran D). CRC Press. pp. 52–53. ISBN 978-1-136-81270-5.